Energy Education


Students Use the Energy Wheel at a Harwich Middle School Energy Carnival

Cape Light Compact’s award-winning energy education program reaches all corners of the Cape and Vineyard, providing class room materials and technical support at the elementary through high school levels.  We help launch energy clubs, sponsor skill-building competitions in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), and underwrite and coordinate students’ participation in state and national energy fairs and competitions.


Eastham Elementary students and teachers with their award at the 2014 NEED Youth Awards at the Massachusetts State House

We also provide training, curricula and tools that are consistent with Massachusetts frameworks to help teachers incorporate energy education into any classroom.

Energy education is fun, and it helps to build awareness, communication and problem solving skills all vital to building a sustainable energy future for the Cape and Vineyard.


Programs for Schools

Programs for Schools and Clubs

BEES kit used by students

This 2017-2018 school year marks the 15thyear of Cape Light Compact’s Energy Education Program. We are excited to have launched our new “Be Energy Efficient Smart (BEES)” program which gives students the tools to help educate their families and communities about the importance of energy efficiency.  Following an in-class lesson on energy building science, the students are given their own kit to take home and install energy saving measures.  Results are documented and tallied, and the school is given a report of the total energy savings accomplished collectively through the student’s efforts.

The Compact is committed to supporting teachers, students and school districts with standards-based curriculum, hands-on materials, teacher training and classroom support and strives to continue our mission to promote an energy educated and literate society. With a host of innovative energy and sustainability awareness programs, the Compact’s education program offers up to date information, teacher-tested lessons and educational support from our pool of tried and true science teachers. We strive to create effective networks of educators and energy experts to support classroom teachers with training on energy topics and concepts outlined in the science frameworks. The topic of energy is a great way to introduce and involve STEM lessons as well as other inter-curricular activities. Best of all, our programs are FREE!

In addition, we donate and loan schools educational materials that are comprehensive, experiential and teacher-friendly. We offer in-class support through special class visits, support for “energy clubs” through the Kids Teaching Kids model and teacher workshops and graduate level professional development courses.

We will work with you and your education programs to meet your needs and interests in energy topics.

Contact Phil Moffitt at and see how the Compact’s Energy Education Program can help energize your school!

 A Sampling of Past and Present Cape Light Compact Energy Education sponsored programs:

  • Bourne Middle School Energy Savers Club
  • Bourne Middle School Energy Carnival
  • Morse Pond Energy Camp
  • Morse Pond Science/Energy Club
  • Mullen Hall Science of Energy lessons
  • Teaticket Elementary School Science of Energy lessons
  • Education internships from Upper Cape Tech and MV Regional HS students
  • Energy Carnivals led by Sandwich High School Students
  • Forestdale SPIT (Solar Power Intelligence Team) and SPARKS Energy Clubs
  • Barnstable Middle School After School Energy Club
  • Eastham Elementary Energy Army
  • Wellfleet Elementary School Energy Carnival
  • Orleans Elementary School Energy Carnival
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell lessons at Chatham Middle School
  • Nauset High School Green Team
  • Harwich Middle School “Harwich Cares” Club
  • Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School Energy Carnivals
  • Harwich Middle School “Energy Day”
  • Cape and Island Boy Scouts of America “Innovation Day”
  • Truro Central School Energy Carnival
  • Provincetown High School Energy Film Festival
  • MV All-Island Energy Carnival at Oak Bluffs
  • MV 5th Grade Solar Car Race
  • Dennis/Yarmouth High School Career Day
  • Barnstable Science and Nature Day
  • All Cape Teacher’s In-Service STEM training day at Cape Cod Community College
  • Eddy School (Brewster) 5th Grade produced Energy Carnivals to area schools
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Science on the Streets Festival
  • Educator workshops for MA Audubon Society

Teacher Trainings and Educational Workshops

Cape Light Compact offers or sponsors frequent training and workshops, which are available for teachers and educators, to help incorporate energy education into any classroom.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops!

Solarize Our Schools

1-1244733769dJLl-2From September 2005 to December 2005, the 21 communities of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were challenged by Cape Light Compact and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to support renewable energy in their communities. Each community was challenged to sign up 3% of their residents for the Cape Light Compact Green program by December 31, 2005.

As a result of the Program and a grant received by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Compact was able to install 21 solar photovoltaic panels in each of the 21 communities.

We currently have 10 of those systems connected to an educational monitoring system.

Fun Energy Education Activities

Our Energy Education Program has some fun activities and experiments that you can do at home!

Learn how to make a solar oven from a pizza box!

Energy Education News

Living Local Energy Carnival 2013 with East Elem kids -cropped

The Compact’s Energy Education Program has received numerous awards and received recognition for the great programs available to students in elementary through high school across the Cape and Vineyard.